View Full Version : How to plant 6" trees in solid rock

01-09-2004, 11:24 AM
Here are some pics that I took yesterday when we were scheduled to use a 90" Big John spade and someone forgot to tell us that 18" below grade was solid rock. Thank god the customer has several of these laying around to make some real nice holes 14'x14'x6'.

01-09-2004, 11:28 AM
Here is a pic of one of the holes measuring 14' square and 6'deep. Took two full loads on the Cat350 and about 20 min to dig out.

01-09-2004, 07:45 PM
WOW MAN!!!!!!

nice machines!:drinkup: :cool:

01-10-2004, 11:34 AM
That looks like the worksite at RJC's new aircraft hanger.

01-10-2004, 11:45 AM
I had a friend digging a basement across the rd. in a development I was doing an install on. Had 25 yds of top-soil brought in and he brings the hoe across the rd and start slinging it for me. You would have had to be there to see the faces of the home owner and neighbors and another lco that drove past to appreciate how outrageous it had to look, but quick!!


01-10-2004, 02:27 PM
Firefighter698, somehow I kwew you'd recognize where this was and kindof wondered how long it would take for you to post that. Guess we'll wait this round of snow out and resume sometime. Sure is getting boring around here expecially with enough work out there to keep me busy for as long as I need.

01-10-2004, 03:25 PM
I live about 1/2 mile from that building. Are you doing all of the landscaping for that project? The bridge in the background with the retriever, can't figure out where that one is, looks familliar though. Glad to hear you have work lined up. Good luck on the tree farm, are you listed in the phone book, so someone could get ahold of you if they were interested in buying trees? I'm not doing anything till spring gets here. Got hurt at the F.D. so I'm recovering from a shoulder injury. I'll be good to go when the grass is.

01-12-2004, 08:04 PM
"How to plant 6" trees in solid rock"


01-12-2004, 08:55 PM
C-4. No joke, that may be used next, said they were going to do some blasting to get the next area ready. This area was dug up this summer so the rock was already busted up, but the other area is plates of limestone. This area is notoriously horrible for it.

D Felix
01-22-2004, 12:29 AM
I think I'd rather hit solid rock anyday compared to what my father found a few years ago with a Big John.

12" high pressure gas main that fed all of the city and university. He was lucky, didn't puncture it...

I know, I know, call for the utilities to be located. I won't get into all of it, but he was digging in an established nursery where he'd been digging for many years....


01-24-2004, 09:20 AM
Hey Brentsawyer.... the largest trees that we plant are 4". How much would a 6" tree in your area set me back. Also, what kind of trees are they.


01-24-2004, 10:34 AM
You should know being in TN that trees that big pricewise can cost anywhere from $30-150 an inch in the ground you dig LOL. These trees were on the customers property so all we did was move them around. If we had to do all the work like was done, easily $2,500 if I had a place to dispose of the rock onsite, if not excess of $3,000. Did give them a price on some 5.5"-6" for $1,100/ea. pretty cheap when you have the trees in town and hire out spade to do all the work and there are 12 to be done. But one for a residential could fetch $2,500 or so. Those were Sugar Maples and he has about 40 of them that will eventuallly be moved to various places around his properties.

01-28-2004, 02:18 AM
We were doing an install in September and the client wanted an add-on for a pond. They had originally scratched it from the design the day before.We started digging(40' patio in place, so we couldn't even get an MT 50 back there) two holes for 2 -2 1/2" cherry trees and the pond, and hit solid rock about 12" down. We had to use a jackhammer to get through the rock-all 18 inches of it.What a nightmare..If I can find the pics, I'll post one.

01-31-2004, 07:45 PM
See.......thats why you need to invest in blasting equipment:eek: